Ambassadors are hand picked volunteers and members of AFF's network for leadership opportunities and project management. They tackle short term projects on program logistics, development, public speaking, membership, outreach, and writing. They meet with AFF staff once a month to offer feedback, innovative solutions, and report progress on ongoing projects.
Lauren Bouton was born in Arizona and raised on a ranch south of Tucson until moving to college at the University of Arizona. She got her Bachelor's degree in Political Science, and spent her college years as part of the College Republicans. After graduating, she moved to D.C. for an internship at the Cato Institute before getting a job doing Outreach at The Franklin Center. She currently works at The Charles Koch Institute as a recruiter. In her spare time, Lauren likes reading, drawing and getting out into the countryside of Virginia.
Laurel Buckley has been an AFF member for four years. She currently serves as the Director of Development and Midwestern Relations at the American Legislative Exchange Council(ALEC). Before joining ALEC, Laurel led development efforts for other nonprofits and has created strategic plans for their programming efforts. Laurel has a master’s in Political Management from George Washington University.
Connor J. Cosenza is a recent graduate of Mercer University where he studied Economics and Mathematics. At Mercer, Connor was the president of Mercerians for Liberty, a liberty-oriented discussion group that got together weekly to discuss current events and political philosophy. He is currently a consultant at ARPC and is the AFF Ambassador Project Lead for this year's "Let's Talk" series.
Seneca Gates is a graduate of Florida State University and recently moved to the DC area to pursue a career in the Liberty Movement. While in Florida, Seneca helped spearhead The Libertarian Party of Seminole County which served to provide local residents with a Libertarian perspective on local policy issues. Seneca is currently an intern with America's Future Foundation through the Koch Internship Program.
Christian Lockamy hails from rural Spivey’s Corner, North Carolina, which is the “Hollerin’ Capital of the World.” He pursued a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science and Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In the spring of 2014, Christian took a leap of faith and moved to DC to work in the liberty movement. He began volunteering with America’s Future Foundation and was soon accepted in the Koch Internship Program working as a recruiter for the Charles Koch Institute. Currently, Christian works at the Center for Shared Services on their Market-Based Management® team and as an Ambassador for AFF.
John McGovern joined The Leadership Institute (LI) in January 2014. He serves as the Donor Relations Officer for the Western Region and is a 2014 graduate of the Koch Internship Program. He has been a volunteer with AFF for 9 months. Though born in New York, John grew up in Scranton, PA. He graduated from Christendom College with a B.A. in Political Science and Economics. In college, John worked as a Resident Assistant and an active member of the Crusader Rugby team. In the fall of 2013, John joined the Heritage Foundation to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense. When not working at LI, John works at O'Sullivan's Irish Pub and enjoys camping, hiking, playing rugby and spending time with family.
Nicholas Miller is from northeast Ohio where he graduated in 2013 from Oberlin College with a degree in neuroscience. He moved to D.C. in 2014 for a development internship with Reason. Since that time, Nick has worked at the Institute for Humane Studies as a student engagement intern, and a development intern at Atlas Network while participating in the Koch Internship Program.
As a member of AFF's Ambassador program, Sloane Shearman writes about trends in the movement for liberty on the Career Blog. After graduating from Penn State in 2013, she moved to Arlington, VA to work for the Institute for Humane Studies. Volunteering with AFF allows her to develop her creative and logistical skills, which she hopes to integrate into a career of communicating the ideas and stories of liberty.
Shoshana Weissmann is Digital Associate at America Rising PAC, Founder of Network Red, and Executive Director of CityGOP. She also writes for several publications about a variety of political and policy issues
Rick Barton is a Policy Analyst and Research Fellow at the Charles Koch Institute and works primarily on health policy. His work has been featured in publications such as DL Magazine, Doublethink, and the Economic Freedom Blog. Rick began his career in the liberty movement as an intern at America’s Future Foundation and now volunteers as an AFF Ambassador. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy and Political Science from the State University of New York at Geneseo. In his free time, Rick enjoys playing the drums and restoring vintage bikes.
Erin Norman is excited to a part of the AFF Ambassador program. She has a small market research and data analytics firm, Norman Analytics and Research, that focuses on microtargeting and voting trends. Erin holds a Bachelor's in Marketing from Boston University and a Master's in Public Policy from the College of William and Mary. She lives in the suburbs with her husband and son where there is plenty of good trail running.